Travel and border information for Norway

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Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Ethiopian citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Ethiopia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days. Applications for visitor’s visas to Norway are handled by The Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa. Applications for residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. All applications must be submitted through VFS Global in Addis Ababa.

Covid-19 and visa and residence permit applications
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected.

Please note the following: 
VFS Global: VFS Global's Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa is open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Representation agreements: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Sweden in Addis Ababa has been temporarily suspended until further notice. 

As a temporary arrangement, since the representation agreement with Sweden has been suspended, applicants in Ethiopia who wish to apply for a visa to Norway, may from the 21st September 2020 submit their applications at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa.

Kindly be informed that as a general rule, due to the travel restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, most applicants will not be granted a Schengen visa to travel to Norway. For more information, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa at this time. However, as the situation may rapidly change, applicants are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi [email protected] to enquire about the current status.     

DNA-tests: To protect our staff and the applicants from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for the mission in Addis Ababa to collect DNA-samples at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for DNA-testing.